How to Choose an Air Conditioner?

An air conditioner not only provides relief from the dreaded heat and humidity during summer, but also purifies the air in your home. There are multiple options to take your pick from, but this is a solid investment so you have to choose wisely.

Type of AC needed

Depending on your requirement, home’s layout, and budget, you can arrive at an answer to how to choose air conditioner for home. There are usually 3 kinds – split, windows, and portable. Split has two units, the one mounted outside your home comprises the compressor and condenser units, while the one mounted inside, on a wall, is the blower. Windows is mounted into a window, as the name suggests, and portable ones can be moved from one room to another.

Cooling capacity

The cooling capacity of any home air conditioner is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). It means how much heat can be expelled from the air in a particular time period. Cooling capacity of any AC is directly proportional to this number. If the BTU is too less, cooling won’t happen properly, but if the capacity is excessively high the room cools swiftly without dehumidification. Consult a cooling capacity chart to decide. Factors like height of the room, floor number, window size, mean room temperature etc. also determine how fast a room can be cooled.

Energy efficiency

No one wishes to pay hefty utility bills, which is why people look for units that are energy efficient. Check the energy efficient ratings while purchasing an AC – it is in the form of stars. A rating of 5 stars is the best, and means that the AC will offer you tremendous savings on your electricity bill. So, make it a point to pick an AC that has at least 3 stars, if not 5.

Would you consider an inverter AC?

An inverter AC offers cooling on a more consistent level, as compared to a normal air conditioner. This type is also more energy efficient and quieter as well. In a non-inverter AC, the compressor switches on and off several times to regulate the temperature. Whenever the compressor motor starts, the AC experiences a power spike. This causes it to consume more power in the long run. On the other hand, an inverter AC’s compressor always remains on. After the desired temperature is reached, the compressor keeps running at a lower speed to maintain cooling. Therefore, it is not only more durable, but also energy efficient.

Research thoroughly before buying an air conditioner, so you get true value for money!

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